Artists from around the world come to Chautauqua each summer for a unique learning experience. Part of that experience is becoming part of the CHQ community. School Performing and Visual Arts students and emerging professionals live in our dorms side-by-side with others studying music, art, voice and dance – all forming relationships that last a lifetime. The School handbook is required reading prior to arrival. Transportation information, details of our housing and meal plans, CHQ Connections program, and work-study opportunities are available upon acceptance into the program.

Chautauqua Connections

One way to become involved in the dance program at CHQ is by becoming a member of “Chautauqua Connections” which sponsors Festival and Apprentice dancers. Dancers (usually in pairs) are connected with sponsors who provide non-financial support along with a home cooked meal, a batch of cookies, a listening ear and having a “special fan” at performances. Information will be sent to enrolled students in the Spring. Contact Susan Helm at or 502.897.3870 for more information.

Chautauqua Dance Circle

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The Chautauqua Dance Circle enables Chautauquans to support the Chautauqua Institution program of dance, provide scholarships to exceptional students and energize all enthusiasts of dance.

2019 Chautauqua Dance Circle Brochure

Join the fun :: Dance Circle Membership

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Choreographic Workshop/MFSO Collaboration

Forest Bethany Latham and Alex CarrazzoneA unique collaborative program pairing the advanced students of Chautauqua Dance with students of the Chautauqua School of Music (voice & instrumental.)  It allows young musicians an opportunity to perform solo & chamber repertoire, and work in a creative relationship with other artists in a dance performance.  This performance takes place at 4pm on Friday of week seven.  Aside from standard repertoire, there is also a possibility for musicians to perform their own original compositions.

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Patricia McBride is one of five to receive Kennedy Center Honors in 2014, joining Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Sting. Continuing a career that spans more than six decades, McBride now serves as associate artistic director of the Charlotte Ballet and as master teacher at Chautauqua Institution's School of Dance.

The School of Dance provides students from across the nation the opportunity of studying with world-renowned teachers. The most advanced students receive the experience of performing with live orchestras in the 4,400-seat Amphitheater.

2019 Dance (Company and Student) Performances

 **All performances are in our brand new, state of the art, 4,400 seat Amphitheater unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday, June 26 at 8:15 p.m. | Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet 



Wednesday, July 3 at 8:15 p.m. | Charlotte Ballet



Saturday, July 6 at 1 p.m. | Workshop 1 Studio Performance (in Carnahan-Jackson Studios)  



Saturday, July 13 at 8:15 p.m.  | Pittsburgh Ballet Theater with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra  

Sunday, July 14 at 2:30 p.m. | Chautauqua School of Dance Student Gala, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, director
*Includes Workshop 2, Apprentice and Festival (no ticket needed)  

Monday, July 15 at 8:15 p.m. | Charlotte Ballet  



Monday, July 23 at 8:15 p.m. | Chautauqua Festival Dancers with the Music School Festival Orchestra   

*Includes Apprentice and Festival   


TBD | Chautauqua Dance Alumni Gala


Wednesday, August 7 at 8:15 p.m. | Paul Taylor Dance Company

TBD | Choreographic Workshop (Carnahan-Jackson Studios)



Saturday, August 10 at 8:15 p.m. | Paul Taylor Dance Company in Residence with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, August 11 at 2:30 p.m. | Chautauqua School of Dance Student Gala, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, director
*Includes Workshop 2, Apprentice and Festival (no ticket needed)